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Library Executive Committee

October 9, 2006

1:30-3:00, 428 Library


Present: Karen Schmidt, Chair; Cindy Ingold, Secretary, Tim Cole, Michael Norman, Nancy O’Brien, Janice Pilch, Lynne Rudasill, John Wagstaff

Absent: Kim Matherly


1. Review and Approval of Minutes from October 2, 2006

The minutes were approved.


2. Question Time

The location for the staff recognition event was praised, and Susan Harum was commended for putting together a web page with grant information.


3. Review AUL for Collections Job Description

Karen has job descriptions from other universities.  She will have these scanned and made available to EC members.  Bill Maher, chair of the search committee for the AUL for Collections, will be invited to the October 23 EC meeting to discuss the position.


4. IT Reorganization: Continued Discussion

EC discussed the latest iteration of the IT reorganization plan. EC recommended (with one voting nay) that we move forward with the reorganization of the Library Systems office. Regarding digital content and services work, EC made a recommendation about how the current mass digitization project should be managed with current personnel. EC also recommended that we launch a national search for a leader for a digital services unit that cuts across all other units, which may or may not remain within IT.  Finally, EC recommended that an acting AUL for Information Technology Planning and Policy be named while Beth Sandore is away in the spring.


5. Mass  Digitization Group: Formalize Charge and Membership

Further discussion was postponed


6. Proposal for Position of Librarian for Interdisciplinary Initiatives (2:40)

The individual proposing this provided background on what this position would involve.  EC had several questions about the position including how it might overlap with what other librarians are doing; the timing of  planning for scholarly commons; and whether this should be special assignment rather than a new  half-time position. 


7. IDEALS Personnel

EC recommended that IDEALS be made a permanent unit of the library with a librarian as a unit head and a research programmer as staff.  Details for making this happen will be worked out.


8. Role of IT Advisory Board vs. CAPT

Discussion postponed